Adm. Philip Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, tours the Demilitarized Zone at Joint Security Area Paju in South Korea in June 2018. Davidson will testify before several committees on Capitol Hill this week. (Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell/Army)
Lawmakers will hear from experts on a host of overseas security challenges this week, as Congress temporarily shifts its attention from the pandemic at home to new threats abroad.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Adm. Philip Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will testify before the congressional armed services committees on threats and challenges in his command’s region of responsibility.
U.S. response to China has been a major point of concern early in the new administration, with several Republicans accusing President Joe Biden of not fully addressing the threat that country presents.
Also on Wednesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will testify on the Biden administration’s foreign policy priorities, a conversation that is likely to overlap with a host of military priorities and plans. Biden has repeatedly promised to better use diplomatic tools to handle overseas challenges, but also vowed to fully fund and support the military.
Tuesday, March 9
Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — G-50 Dirksen Indo-Pacific challenges
Adm. Philip Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will testify before the committee on security challenges in that region.
House Appropriations — 10 a.m. — online hearing VA fertility services
Outside experts will testify on challenges to veterans seeking fertility assistance from VA.
Wednesday, March 10
House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn International development
Federal officials will testify on the impact of the global pandemic on international development efforts.
Senate Foreign Relations — 10 a.m.-- 106 Dirksen Global democracy issues
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and other outside experts will testify on challenges to democracy around the world.
House Armed Services — 11 a.m. — 2118 Rayburn Indo-Pacific challenges
Adm. Philip Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Gen. Robert Abrams, head of U.S. Forces Korea, will testify before the committee on security challenges in that region.
House Foreign Affairs — 1:30 p.m. — 2172 Rayburn U.S. foreign policy priorities
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will testify on the administration’s foriegn policy priorities.
Senate Veterans' Affairs — 3 p.m. — G-50 Dirksen Military toxic exposures
VA and outside experts will testify on toxic exposure issues in the military and benefits owed for those injuries.
House Armed Services — 4:45 p.m. — 2118 Rayburn Military housing
Outside contractors will testify on issues with housing upkeep and tenants rights on military installations.
Thursday, March 11
Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — G-50 Dirksen Military service
Members of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service will offer their final report to the committee.
House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — online hearing Yemen
Outside experts will testify on the security and humanitarian situation in Yemen.
House Armed Services — 4 p.m. — 2118 Rayburn Fort Hood
Members of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee will offer their recommendations for reform within the military criminal investigation system.
Friday, March 12
House Appropriations — 11:30 a.m. — Capitol H-143 VA women’s healthcare
VA officials will testify on medical care programs aimed at women and the specific health challenges they face.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.